Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

More of the same

July 17, 2008

It’s been over a week since my last post, and, strange as it may seem, nothing much is new. Knitting-wise, I still have the same three projects on the needles. Sheldon literally hasn’t moved, still due to the lack of black embroidery floss (or sport/sock yarn). Hopefully I’ll be able to finish him soon, though – when I went into my local craft store last weekend, the owner said that they were, in fact, expecting a shipment of black embroidery floss this week (I’m not sure why, but I find that a little hilarious). (more…)

Finishing

June 30, 2008

On Friday, I finished my Laminaria (that’s a Ravelry link – I’ll try to post some pictures here this weekend). I was home from work with a bit of a stomach bug (that just won’t seem to go away!), so I got to spend the day knitting and watching episodes of the X-Files. Of course when I finished the shawl it needed to be blocked, so, genius that I am, I gave my bed over to the Laminaria and spent the rest of the afternoon curled on the futon chair instead. But the important thing is that I got to show off my shawl at the play that night. Who cares if it was 80 degrees and humid? (more…)

Perfecting the art of thumb-twiddling

June 19, 2008

For all of you who were on the edge of your seat in suspense after my last post… I decided to tink. Despite the sage advice from Penny and others, I had not used lifelines. I’ve never used them, in fact. I know it’s a good idea, but that cocky, living-on-the-edge side of me says that I don’t need to. (That’s right, my main form of rebellion is to not use lifelines while knitting lace shawls.) (more…)

Recap

May 23, 2008

See? I said I would be busy!

Ok, I realize that I have completely dropped the ball for the past month or so. And, given that I’m using this blog partly as an exercise to get myself ready for school, there’s really no excuse for that. I could write a long apology and promise that it will never happen again, but let’s face it, that makes for a pretty boring post. So… on we go!

 In the time since my last post I have… (more…)

Schedules and lace

April 26, 2008

Every now and then, I’ll have a stretch of time- a few weeks or a few months- when my life is planned down to the minute. I seem to be entering one of those times now: starting Monday, I’ll be working a regular schedule for a few months, and the intervening weekends are filling up as well. Between family celebrations, the CD release party, and a play, even planning a visit to a friend in Boston has been tricky. Part of the problem is also trying to go to an Admitted Students “Weekend.” (In my opinion, an Friday-Saturday event is not a weekend. I prefer the title “Admitted Students Arbitrary Two-Day Period,” but I see how that’s a little less catchy.) With that included, I’m booked till July. (more…)

Monogamy, embarrassment, and new skills (in knitting)

April 13, 2008

I finished the second half of Violet/Eva’s Anouk. (Seriously, can people stop changing the names of their unborn children? It’s making a mess of my Ravelry page.) I may need to lengthen the shoulder straps a little, but for now my goal is just to get all the pieces done. I know, it wouldn’t kill me to have this project unfinished (er… more unfinished) while I start on something new to travel with. The truth is, I am that rare creature, the Monogamous Knitter. I’m not saying I never have more than one UFO on the needles- of course, if one project gets unwieldy, I’m going to need a smaller one for subway knitting. At times it’s even a necessity- socks, though I love them, tend to kill my wrist; a looser-gauge project is a good remedy. But most of the time, working on a project is like reading a book: I’ve tried to read two books at once, and I almost always end up ditching the one I like less. Worst of all, sometimes I never pick it up again. So in order to actually finish what I start, I tend to enforce a strict one-at-a-time policy, both in knitting and reading. (more…)

A sunny day

April 10, 2008

I mentioned in the last post that Tuesday was a lovely, sunny day. Well, compared to today, Tuesday was like winter in Alaska. Today I pulled out the flip-flops and a sleeveless shirt, and spent every possible second outside. Even the walk to the drug testing place was enjoyable (see yesterday’s post if that doesn’t make sense).

Knitting in the park

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Where have all the protesters gone?

April 7, 2008

(First off, I apologize to anyone who now has that song stuck in your head.)

In the mindless web-browsing that generally accompanies temp work, I came across this article, and it got me thinking about how we think about the Iraq war. Or, rather, how we manage to avoid it.

In past wars (so I’ve heard), there seems to have always been a public reaction. The Vietnam War sparked protests across the country; World War II had people rationing their nylons and buying war bonds. These are very different reactions, to be sure, but both are strong, effective, emotionally-driven responses to a national crisis.

Contrast that to the response that Sean Gilfillan (the veteran who is the subject of the above article) has found:

Everyone he met expressed polite support. “But,” he says he wondered, “what are you doing? Are you joining the military? Are you protesting? What percentage of your life does the war actually take up?” Most people seemed more likely to have a strong opinion about Britney Spears than about Iraq.

We (and I most certainly include myself here) do not consider the war on a regular basis; the fact that most people underestimate American casualties by 1,000 is proof of that. Perhaps it’s true that previous wars only got the reaction they did because of the draft, or because daily life in the US was directly impacted. Perhaps the administration has done so well at turning “not supporting the war” into “not supporting the troops” that people feel guilty about speaking out against it. Perhaps we have access to so much media now that it’s too easy to avoid anything uncomfortable. But the fact is, we are five years into this war with no end in sight, and people are dying by the day. We can’t afford to turn away from it.

So take a stand in the fight against apathy. If you’re against the war, speak out. Loudly. Join a protest. If you can’t find one, start a protest. Write down what you think, and tell people to read it. If you’re a knitter, make a pair of Lisa Anne Auerbach’s Body Count Mittens. If you support the war, speak out for it, and tell those around you why you do. Engage in debate, with informed opinions.

Whatever your stance, the most important thing is to be involved. Don’t turn away because something is uncomfortable; keep yourself informed, and inform those around you.

A sweater, a Harlot, and the return to blogging

April 2, 2008

For a while now, I’ve been thinking about starting the ol’ blog up again. I’ve been doing some temp work, but lately the jobs have been few and far between (recession, anyone?), leaving me with a lot of free time. I’ve also joined Ravelry and I’ve been wanting to have blog posts to reference. The final motivation, however, came tonight at Stephanie Pearl-McPhee‘s book signing. When I mentioned to a fellow knitter there that I’m going to be starting grad school in the fall, she recommended blogging regularly as a way to get used to writing on a deadline. So, I haven’t figured out how often I’ll be writing, but you can expect to see new posts here much more often (4 or 5 times a week). There may be more of the knitting and boring daily life stuff than previously, but I’ll try to make it as interesting (and topical) as possible.

To start things off, here’s what I’ve been working on lately- please forgive the photo quality (and ugly floor background):

Insect Boy sweater

This is for the first of three babies due in May. The recipient’s mother is known as Insect Girl in our band (caution: music is hilarious, but NOT safe for work!) so I wanted to make an “Insect Boy” sweater for the baby. It’s my first baby sweater (and my second finished sweater ever), so I’m rather excited. The pattern is my own, based on measurements for Chaos (12 mo. size), and the yarn is Knit Picks Shine Sport.

More to follow tomorrow!